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BEHIND THE CANDELABRA

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon connect beautifully as star -crossed lovers: Liberace (1919-1987) and Scott Thorson (1959-). Flamboyantly talented and weirdly, wildly famous Liberace capitalized on his skill as a pianist in combination with his outrageously creative style; encased in plumage, furs, jewelry, capes, rhinestone studded boots, he epitomized the “bling” in bling.  His fingers flew like diaphanous feathers across the keys, creating a joyous musical concoction of classical, jazz and contemporary scores.  He was magnificently, outlandishly unique at a time when homosexuality was ignored; in retrospect he was a force in erasing intransigent barriers. Michael Douglas is titillating, magnetic in capturing the brilliant, tragic, monumentally lonely, gifted entertainer; he is engaging, “camp”, sensitive to the man and his inimitable showmanship.

Matt Damon, as pudgy, pubescent “Scott Thorson” forty years younger than Liberace is perfect as the boy -toy that, in Pygmalion fashion, Liberace sculpts into the optimum sycophant; gifts of “gold, frankincense and myrrh” and plastic surgery lend a “Stepford”, sacred, quality to the child who worshipped the master.  A relationship doomed to the ephemeral; Liberace for all his infectious, playful exuberance was a stringent professional, never distracted from what he needed as much, if not more, than personal intimacy, the indissoluble adulation from his audience; pathetically, Scott never focused on adulthood;  languishing in desultory, drug-addicted, arrested development.

Director Steven Sonderberg  and superb actors courageously, without sensationalism or guile, gift viewers a glimpse into a relationship, a partnership, universally applicable; full of peaks and valleys, cornucopias, droughts, exponentially thriving or dying.

THREE & 1/2 STARS

For Now……….Peneflix

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon connect beautifully as star -crossed lovers: Liberace (1919-1987) and Scott Thorson (1959-). Flamboyantly talented and weirdly, wildly famous Liberace capitalized on his skill as a pianist in combination with his outrageously creative style; encased in plumage, furs, jewelry, capes, rhinestone studded boots, he epitomized the “bling” in bling.  His fingers …

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3 comments

  1. I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about this movie all week. It is very high up on my must-see list! Michael Douglas is always amazing at what he does.

  2. Jennifer Mae Hiles

    This is one I have got to see. I can’t wait to see Michael Douglas in this role. I heard they had to wait an extra year to film this due to Douglas’s cancer. I think this will be an interesting role to watch Damon in also. I don’t know much about Liberace so I think this will be very interesting.

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